I highly recommend this novel. It deals with difficult, but very real and raw emotions between siblings. The author Katerine Paterson is one of the best story tellers that young people of this generation can read and understand. The story has everything! A tale of family relationships, and rivalry between twins, set in the 1940's era in the Chesapeake Bay. I enjoyed this book for it's dramatic intensity, fullness of the characterizations, believability, and honest dealing with many teen issues. Also, it took place in a locale that we don't usually read about. I will never forget these characters. Paterson is a wonderful writer. I read this book to catch up on children's lit for the age group I will be teaching this coming school year. Fifth graders on up should really read this book. They will certainly come away enriched. I discovered Paterson after reading her riveting "Bridge to Terabithia", another must read.
I remember reading this in my teens, and loved it. Two sisters are so different, one is loved, one is despised (or so she thinks). It is not until Louise comes into her own that she realizes her life isn't all that bad. I must have read this one a hundred times, and will never stop loving this great YA book. And I have to agree with the other reviewer about Patterson being an amazing author. It's definitely worth it to check her out.
I thought maybe this would be more for a child, (my grand-daughter who is 8 years). I read the book myself a great story about twin girls... The younger of the two seems to get all the glory... Just Jacob had taken the birhtright from Essua in The Book of Genesis. A terrific story during t WWII on a little island in the Maryland Bay... a good read but not for an 8 year old...dg
This Newberry Medal winner is geared for young adults as it explores sister relationships and the struggle to find yourself.
Winner of the Newbery Medal---
My twin sister was adored by everyone but me . . . the one who should have loved her best. Growing up on a tiny Chjesapeake Bay island, Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything, her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Louise began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island where they lived. She dreamed of working as a waterman alongside her father, but she found that her dream did not satisfy the woman she was becoming. Alone and unsure, Louise began to fight her way to a place where Caroline could not reach.
Young adult, but a good read for grown-ups, too.
Louise knew that she was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved.
Winner of the Newbery Medal. I was proud of my sister, but that year, something began to rankle beneath the pride.
The newberry books are always worth reading
Winner of the Newbery Medal